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Tarkio, Missouri, student faces federal charges

Posted at 3:07 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 20:04:22-05

A teen accused of bringing a gun to school in Tarkio, Missouri, is now facing federal charges.

Michael Knoth, 19, is accused of illegally possessing two machine guns, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri says.

The discovery was made after Knoth was arrested at his school on Wednesday, Feb. 24 when school leaders say they found a pistol and ammunition in his backpack. Knoth was also described as wearing body armor and military-style clothing when he was taken into custody.

“Investigators also searched Knoth’s home. During a search of the southwest bedroom, investigators found a loaded machine gun in the closet, an AR-style .223/.556 pistol, containing no visible serial numbers or manufacturer stamp. They found a second machine gun, an UZI-style 9mm firearm (unknown manufacture), in the dresser.”

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson said Knoth was transferred to federal custody Thursday to make his initial court appearance. 

Previous coverage on KMTV:

Tarkio, Missouri, student accused of having gun at school

Tarkio student arrested for brining handgun to school